The Science of Stress: The Surprising Benefits of Embracing Your Emotions

Memarzadeh Ali
4 min readDec 19, 2022
Photo by Bruno Bueno

As a high-achieving perfectionist, I always thought that stress was a necessary evil. I believed that in order to be successful, I had to push myself to the brink of exhaustion and constantly strive for perfection.

But as I progressed in my career and took on more responsibilities, I started to realize that my constant stress was not only impacting my well-being, but also my performance. I was burnt out, anxious, and constantly on edge.

So, I decided to start exploring the science of stress and how it impacts our bodies and minds. What I learned was surprising and completely changed my perspective on stress.

It turns out that stress is a natural and necessary part of life. It’s not something to be avoided at all costs, but rather something to be embraced and managed. When we experience stress, our bodies release hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which can help us feel more alert and focused.

But when we experience chronic stress, these hormones can have negative effects on our bodies and minds. Chronic stress has been linked to a range of health issues, including heart disease, depression, and anxiety.

So, how can we embrace our emotions and manage stress in a healthy way? Here are some tips:

  1. Be High Maintenance but don’t waste time on it

Self-care is crucial for managing stress. This can include activities like exercise, meditation, and getting enough sleep. By taking care of our physical and mental health, we can better manage stress and improve our overall well-being.

2. Set boundaries

Setting boundaries is an important part of managing stress. This can include setting limits on your workload and saying no to tasks or commitments that you know will be too much to handle. It’s important to prioritize your own well-being and not overextend yourself.

2. Refuse to get support

It’s not okay to ask for help when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Whether it’s talking to a trusted friend or seeking the guidance of a therapist, seeking support can mess up with your self-esteem and therefore make you afraid of stress.

3. let the chips fall where they may

Perfectionism is a common cause of stress, and it’s important to remember that it’s okay to be imperfect. No one is perfect, and striving for perfection can often do more harm than good. Instead, try to focus on progress and growth, and learn to accept imperfection as a natural part of life.

4. Find healthy ways to cope

It’s important to find healthy ways to cope with stress. This can include activities like exercise, journaling, or spending time with loved ones. It’s also important to find activities that bring you joy and help you relax, like hobbies or spending time in nature.

The science of stress has taught me that it’s not something to be avoided at all costs, but rather something to be embraced and managed in a healthy way. By practicing self-care, setting boundaries, seeking support, accepting imperfection, and finding healthy ways to cope, we can better manage stress and improve our overall well-being.

But there’s a twist to this story. As I started to embrace my emotions and manage stress in a healthy way, I realized that I was actually becoming more productive and successful. By not constantly pushing myself to the brink of exhaustion, I was able to focus on the tasks at hand and give my best effort. I was able to think more clearly, make better decisions, and be more creative.

In other words, embracing my emotions and managing stress actually made me more successful, not less. It’s a lesson that I wish I had learned earlier, and one that I hope others can learn from as well.

So, if you’re a high-achiever who believes that stress is a necessary evil, I encourage you to consider the science of stress and the surprising benefits of embracing your emotions. It may just change your perspective and improve your overall well-being and success.

In conclusion, the science of stress has taught me that it’s not something to be avoided at all costs, but rather something to be embraced and managed in a healthy way. By practicing self-care, setting boundaries, seeking support, accepting imperfection, and finding healthy ways to cope, we can better manage stress and improve our overall well-being.

But the biggest takeaway for me was the realization that embracing my emotions and managing stress actually made me more successful, not less. It allowed me to focus on the tasks at hand and give my best effort, rather than constantly pushing myself to the brink of exhaustion.

So, if you’re struggling with stress, I encourage you to consider the science of stress and the surprising benefits of embracing your emotions. It may just change your perspective and improve your overall well-being and success.

If nothing from the above work then do this

Go to a boxing class, get your ass kicked 3 times a week, everything will seem much less stressful after that, in your day to day life, the reason you want to manage stress is that you’re too weak, not tough enough, get strong first and then embrace your emotions, never let your emotions control you.

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Memarzadeh Ali

Always on the lookout for new knowledge and experiences. Sharing my discoveries and thoughts on all kinds of topics on my Twitter feed. @Arnaultmemarza1